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Serena Williams learned sister's killer was paroled before worst loss of career

Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.

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Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.

Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.

"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."

Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.

"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."

"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."

Fox News apologizes for misidentifying Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

The singer who demanded respect in an iconic 1960s song was temporarily disrespected in the eyes of some of her fans Thursday, hours after her death. 

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Fox News issued an apology for mistakenly using an image of Patti LaBelle in a news package tribute for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning, People reported.

“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News Vice President Jessica Santostefano said in a statement.

>> Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Franklin, 76, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday.

Fox News shared a news package containing highlights of Franklin’s career. Fans noticed, however, that while one slide showed a shot of Franklin prominently on the left side, on the right side, above Franklin’s birth and death dates, was a second image of LaBelle singing, The New York Daily News reported.

“The dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s really Patti LaBelle in the corner,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

>> Photos: Aretha Franklin through the years

“Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret,” Santostefano told People.

The image Fox used came from LaBelle’s performance at the White House in 2014, the magazine reported.

“I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin,” LaBelle, 74, wrote on Twitter. “Today the world has experienced a tremendous loss.

>> The best Aretha Franklin songs: A timeline

“Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many. My sympathy, love and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and fans around the globe.”

Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

’No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Steve Perry fans have waited decades for new material from the former Journey lead singer. They’ve finally gotten their wish as he released the video for “No Erasin” on YouTube late Tuesday night.

The song begins with the lyric, “I know it’s been a long time coming.”

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He also announced that his latest album, titled “Traces,” will be released on Oct. 5, Billboard reported.

Perry explained that his retreat from music due to the fact that, “My love for music had suddenly left me.”

“I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do. If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do,” Perry told his fans via his website.

“If not... so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams,” Perry continued. 

Perry said he started working on “Traces” three years after his partner, Kellie Nash, died from breast cancer. 

The album will have nine original songs, along with a cover of “I Need You,” which was written and performed by The Beatles, Rolling Stone reported.

Perry’s previously released song was 1998’s “I Stand Alone,” for the film “Quest for Camelot,” Billboard reported.

He did attend Journey’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, but didn’t perform. His last show with Journey was in February 1987, Perry said on his website.

Viva Las Aerosmith! Steven Tyler announces band’s Vegas residency

Aerosmith is setting up shop in Sin City. Steven Tyler and the rest of the legendary band announced that they’re setting up residency on the Las Vegas Strip next year.

Shows begin at the Park Theater at Park MGM on April 6, 2019, Variety reported.

Sales for “Deuces Are Wild” concerts will open to the Aerosmith fan club “Aero Force One” starting Thursday. 

Presales for Citi credit card members will open Aug. 20. General sales start Aug. 24 and tickets run from $75 to $750, USA Today reported.Concert dates:

April 2019: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26

June 2019: 19, ,22, 24, 27, 29

July 2019:  2, 4, 7, 9

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The residency is being promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International. 

It promises “never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions,” producer Giles Martin told Variety.

Aerosmith is working with THX and L-Acoustics for “the world’s first THX-certified live performance,” Variety reported.

The Park Theater is the same location where Lady Gaga will have her residency starting in December, USA Today reported.

21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

More than 2,500 people lined up in the Georgia heat last week to share in the generosity of 21 Savage.

>> Man shot at back-to-school event attended by rapper 21 Savage

The Atlanta rapper hosted his third annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” on Aug. 5 to benefit students from DeKalb County Schools. The event, which last year attracted about 700 people, outfitted students in grades K-12 with backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies.

Kids and their families snaked along the sidewalk of the 285 Flea Mart off Glenwood Road in a shopping center the lanky “Whole Lot” rapper, 25, said he used to hang around as a teen. Many of the beneficiaries also received free haircuts and food from tents stationed in the parking lot.

It was a scene that made 21 Savage quietly proud.

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“I might rap about a lot of stuff, but that’s just a reflection of what I’ve been through,” he said while seated in his manager’s truck a few feet away from the throng of fans. “In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better. That’s where it starts, the kids.”

U.S. Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson, D-Georgia, and his wife, DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, also attended to check out the scene.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

The event and supplies were funded by 21 Savage and his Leading By Example Foundation. Other sponsors included City National Bank, Spotify, Epic Records and 10:22 p.m. Records.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” 21 Savage launched a “Bank Account” campaign to help young adults learn financial responsibility and donated $1,000 to 21 kids in partnership with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled.

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Carrie Underwood announces she’s pregnant with baby No. 2

Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, have a good reason her “Cry Pretty” 360 tour will not begin until next year. The superstar couple announced on Instagram in a series of videos Wednesday morning that Underwood is pregnant with baby number 2. 

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The couple has one son, Isaiah, who was born in Feb. 2015, The Boot reported.

Fisher and Underwood married in July 2010. 

“Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond,” Underwood said in the video.

Related: Photos: Carrie Underwood through the years

Recently, the singer came under fire after she made comments in Redbook that she was worried about having more children naturally since she is 35 years old. 

In the interview, she said, “I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family. We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older.” 

Parents took to Facebook to speak out about her comment about her age. One said, “I’m 38 and just had a baby...She’s being ridiculous,” Us Weekly reported

Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” album drops next month. But the tour won’t start until May 2019, Underwood announced in the video. Tickets go on sale Aug. 17, and you get a copy of the album.

The tour will stop in cities all over North America, like Pittsburgh, Boston, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Memphis, Tulsa and New York City. For more information on the “Cry Pretty” tour, click here.

Lady Gaga to launch Las Vegas residency at the end of this year

Lady Gaga announced an exclusive residency at Park Theater at the new MGM resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The six-time Grammy winner, 32, will perform 27 shows. The singer’s little monsters can choose between two different performances: “Lady Gaga Enigma,” and “Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano.”

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According to Ticketmaster, the Enigma show will center around Lady Gaga’s greatest pop hits, while the “Jazz & Piano” show will feature a stripped-down version of her songs, including music from The Great American Songbook. 

The first show is set to debut Dec. 28.

“I can’t wait to share “Enigma” with all of my fans and with Las Vegas. We’re creating a show unlike anything I’ve done before. It will be a celebration of all that is unique and different within us,” Lady Gaga said via Live Entertainment. “The challenges of bravery can be overcome with creativity and courage that is grown out of adversity, love and music.”

Pre-sale tickets go on sale on Wednesday and open to the general public starting August 13.

A limited number of VIP packages -- including meet and greets with the star -- will also be available. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Gaga is expected to earn $400,000 for each performance, or $15 million over the course of the residency. 

“It’s the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. It has been a life-long dream of mine to play Las Vegas,” Gaga said in a news release. “I am humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before. I’ll tell you exactly what I told my MGM and Park Theater partners – you can count on this performer always for one thing…I’ll leave my heart on the stage every single night. Thank you to my fans for always believing in me. Meet me in Las Vegas baby, we did it!”

See all of Lady Gaga’s Las Vegas residency dates below:

LADY GAGA ENIGMA 

Dec. 28, 30 and 31

Jan. 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31

Feb. 2

May 30

June 1, 6, 8, 12 and 14

Oct. 17, 19, 23, 25 and 31

Nov. 2, 6 and 8

LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO 

Jan. 20

Feb. 3

June 2, 9

Demi Lovato speaks out after suspected drug overdose, vows to 'keep fighting'

Singer Demi Lovato took to Instagram on Sunday to release her first statement since she was hospitalized last month for a suspected drug overdose.

>> PHOTOS: Demi Lovato through the years

"I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," wrote Lovato, who was found unresponsive at her home in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills neighborhood on July 24. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet."

>> Pop star Demi Lovato ‘awake and in stable condition’ after apparent drug overdose

The 25-year-old pop star continued: "I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time."

>> ‘Addiction is a terrifying disease’: Celebrities react to Demi Lovato’s reported drug overdose

She then thanked her family, team and hospital staffers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is being treated.

"Without them, I wouldn't be here writing this letter to all of you," Lovato wrote.

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She added: "I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten, and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting."

>> Read the full statement here

Jon Bon Jovi surprises patrons at Long Island supermarket

Shoppers at a New York supermarket were living on a prayer when rock ’n’ roll icon Jon Bon Jovi arrived Saturday morning to promote his new line of rosé wine that he created with his son, Newsday reported.

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Bon Jovi, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, showed up at the Stew Leonard’s store in Farmingdale with his son, Jesse Bongiovi, and was led into the store by CEO Stew Leonard Jr., the newspaper reported.

"I'm just shopping," Bon Jovi joked.

Shoppers and staff at the Long Island store snapped pictures with Bon Jovi as he promoted his son’s wine company, Diving Into Hampton WaterWABC reported.

"It's just so exciting," shopper Cathy Smith, 57, told Newsday. " 'Living on a Prayer' is my song. I have goosebumps."

"We actually were coming for cookie dough," Lou Diaz, 43, of West Islip, told Newsday. "We talked to the lady over there, and she said, 'Oh, Bon Jovi's here,' and we didn't believe her. All of a sudden, everyone just started running. We were just trying to catch him wherever he went."

Diving Into Hampton Water is made in the Languedoc region in southern France and was launched earlier this year, Newsday reported. 

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